Independence and challenges for UofL

Photo by Barbara Springer.

Not quite the happy or carefree summer that it should have been this year, not with that nasty NCAA threat hanging over the University of Louisville basketball program.

Not going away, always there, with reportedly little chance of overturning a decision that would cost UofL tens of millions of dollars and dozens of wins, including a third national championship.

In its long history, the NCAA has never learned how to impose penalties without harming the innocent, incapable of conceiving ways to punish or expose the actual perpetrators. Instead, taking the easy way out, choosing to recklessly impugn the reputations of the institution, the coaches, the players and fans.

The best part of the ordeal, hopefully, when combined with the challenges on the administrative side, is that the shared experience will make fans even more supportive of their university. It have never been easy being a UofL fan in Kentucky, but that has never prevented the University from achieving great things.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “Independence and challenges for UofL”

  1. Charlie, I loved, and agreed with, your column characterized as “five years ago who would have thought.” Admittedly I was a friend and loyal admirer of Jim Ramsey. For his sake, I wish he had stepped down two years earlier. He’d have gone down as the greatest president in UofL’s history. But that’s the nature of politics and higher education, especially with the large public universities. Such things pass but it’s still a shame nonetheless. Thank you for your love of UofL and your candor.

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